• Dong Lac Communal House reopens to tourists

    Dong Lac Communal House reopens to tourists

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 07,2017 04:00 AM

    The Dong Lac Communal House in Hanoi, which features traditional cultural values, has recently been reopened to tourists after restoration. Located at 38 Hang Dao Street, the house worships the gods of Cao Son, Linh Lang, and Bach Ma. Various silk products based on 17th century Le Dynasty styles are also sold, as are other craft products such as Do paper, embroidery and lacquer.

    The house has been severely damaged over time. In 1941 it was rebuilt for residential and retail and in 1956 was used as a convenience store. In 2000, Hanoi authorities worked with the French city of Toulouse to restore the communal house. In 2004 it was recognised as a national heritage site by the Ministry of Culture and Information, to introduce traditional building techniques combined with modern restoration techniques.

  • Code of conduct for visitors to HCMC issued

    Code of conduct for visitors to HCMC issued

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 06,2017 06:00 AM

    The HCMC Department of Tourism has announced a code of conduct for visitors to the city, aimed at providing guidelines on the culture, customs, manners, and etiquette in every region of the country and calling on tourists to obey laws, respect local customs, be good mannered, and act in a civilised manner, while raising awareness about environmental protection and the preservation of cultural and historical relics.

    The code has been printed on small paper fans, which are convenient for tourists when travelling. They will be distributed at hotels, travel companies, and Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The code of conduct will also be published in a video clip broadcast on HCMC Television channels and the department’s website and tourist buses. The code of conduct is available in five languages: Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, English and Russian.

  • Dalat, HCMC plan flower exchange centres

    Dalat, HCMC plan flower exchange centres

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 06,2017 03:00 AM

    Officials in the central highlands city of Dalat and in HCMC are planning to open two separate flower exchange centres in 2018.

    In Dalat, the flower exchange centres will be at the end of the Mimosa Pass, about 10 km from the heart of the resort town, which is a trading hub for flowers and vegetables in Lam Dong province. It will occupy 16.6 ha and receive flowers from Dalat and surrounding areas for processing and transport to elsewhere. The centre will take orders from buyers and gather information from growers in order to finalise and sign purchase contracts, supported by technology. It will also deliver flowers to its counterpart in HCMC.

    The flower exchange centre in HCMC will cover 14 ha at Binh Dien Market in District 8. Flowers will be delivered from the centre to smaller markets or florists upon request. Orders and payments will be handed over to the centre in Dalat in the next stage. The centres are modelled on the one at Ota Market in Tokyo.

  • HCMC to expand e-government services

    HCMC to expand e-government services

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 06,2017 07:00 AM

    HCMC authorities plan to expand e-government services this year, representatives from the city’s People’s Committee said during a recent teleconference on administrative reform. The city targets having 40-50% of public services online this year, with all State agencies from the city to the grassroots levels setting up a system to collect opinions from the public. All local government offices will have to reduce the number of delayed application files by 50%, and offices that harass individuals or enterprises will be strictly punished.

    The city’s Department of Information and Communication is expected to use electronic signatures and connect all city government offices’ websites. The city provides 1,700 online services, aimed at providing necessary information on administrative procedures. It will also organise conferences for enterprises to introduce their IT products online. In addition, leaders of city government offices will receive commendations for providing quality online public services and more online meetings will be carried out.

  • Hanoi considers free wi-fi in more locations

    Hanoi considers free wi-fi in more locations

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 06,2017 05:00 AM

    Hanoians as well as tourists may soon get to enjoy free wi-fi at more places around the capital, according to a recent proposal submitted to the Hanoi People’s Committee recommending the provision of free wi-fi at all tourist destinations in the city as well as hotels and restaurants. Hanoi began offering free wi-fi access around Hoan Kiem Lake and nearby areas last September in a pilot program, which was very much welcomed by the public. The system has been accessed 2.4 million times by 732,000 subscribers to date, reflecting high demand and indicating an expansion should be considered.

  • Northern Vietnam named Forbes’ cheapest travel destination

    Northern Vietnam named Forbes’ cheapest travel destination

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 06,2017 03:00 AM

    US magazine Forbes has listed northern Vietnam as the cheapest place to visit in 2017. Affordable accommodation, cheap, tasty food, and beautiful sights make it an outstanding holiday destination in Asia for people on a budget. According to the magazine, budget travellers can find private accommodation for $10-15 a night and dorms for $5 on average, while meals cost around $2. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, came second on the list, followed by Lisbon (Portugal), Seoul (South Korea), and Bucharest (Romania).

  • New ecological village opens in Dong Thap

    New ecological village opens in Dong Thap

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 06,2017 07:00 AM

    The People’s Committee of Cao Lanh city in the Mekong Delta’s Dong Thap province has opened the Tan Thuan Dong ecological village on the Tien River, with fruit trees such as oranges, mangoes, and longans. Visitors will have the chance to experience a long-distance bicycle tour or take a boat to discover the isle and enjoy regional food specialties. According to the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the province welcomed around 2.5 million domestic and foreign tourists in 2016 and recorded turnover of more than VND480 billion ($21 million).

  • HCMC to use text messaging to fight traffic jams

    HCMC to use text messaging to fight traffic jams

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 06,2017 04:00 AM

    The HCMC Department of Transport is considering using text messaging as one of several emergency measures for dealing with the city’s chronic traffic congestion. The department will launch a website where road users can receive updates on traffic infrastructure and conditions in the city, see a traffic map with recommended routes without traffic jams, and find parking lots, hospitals, gas stations and public restrooms. The traffic police have also been asked to study ways to send text messages to road users to inform them of traffic jams and recommend alternative routes. The department will find ways to improve traffic regulation and arrange parking areas in the city centre.

  • Online temporary residence registration for expats available

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 06,2017 12:00 AM

    The Ministry of Public Security has released a circular on the registration and acceptance of temporary residence for foreigners in Vietnam. Accordingly, temporarily-residing foreigners have to log in to the website of immigration management offices at city and provincial police forces and provide information on their name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth, and passport number. In case of any change, they must update and supplement information at the website. Immigration management offices have been asked to receive registration information 24/7. The circular will come into effect on February 15.

  • VnEconomy - Nhịp sống kinh tế Việt Nam và thế giới

Vietnam EconomicTimes © 2014. All right reserved

An electronic media of Vietnam Economic Times - Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam.

Other publications of the contents this website as well as their reproductions must be approved in writing by Vietnam Economic Times.

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Dao Nguyen Cat

Licence No 04/GP-PTTH&TTDT on April 23,2014

Head Office: 98 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay District, Hanoi

Tel: (84-4) 375 2050 / Fax: (84-4) 3755 2058

Email: info.theguide@tbkt.vn ; editortheguide@gmail.com